Ice Hockey World Championship: Britain win final warm-up game

Jack Prince
Jack Prince scored a sudden-death penalty shot winner for Great Britain

Great Britain's men beat Poland 5-4 in Coventry to share their two-game series as they prepare for the World Championship qualifier in Belfast.

Following Friday's 4-1 defeat in Nottingham, the hosts responded with a thrilling victory sealed by a Jack Prince sudden-death penalty.

"Our performance was excellent," said assistant coach Tom Watkins.

"The result is great but as part of our World Championship preparations this is a huge step forward."

Britain's first game at the World Championship in Belfast is against Croatia on 23 April, and head coach Pete Russell has named his 23-man squad.

"We know that the aim is the gold medal and there will be pressure on us to perform, but I believe we have the right group of players," said Russell.

"The players will experience something a generation of players haven't been able to do by playing a tournament on home ice.

"Everyone is so focused and excited about the challenges ahead."

Great Britain squad for the World Championship

Netminders: Ben Bowns (Cardiff Devils), Stephen Murphy (Belfast Giants), Thomas Murdy (Cardiff Devils, reserve)

Defence: Mark Garside (Belfast Giants), Steve Lee (Nottingham Panthers), Ben O'Connor (Sheffield Steelers), David Phillips (Sheffield Steelers), Mark Richardson (Cardiff Devils), Paul Swindlehurst (Manchester Storm), Jonathan Weaver (Telford Tigers)

Forwards: Brendan Brooks (Fife Flyers), David Clarke (Nottingham Panthers), Russell Cowley (Coventry Blaze), Robert Dowd (Sheffield Steelers), Sam Duggan (Orebro, Sweden), Robert Farmer (Nottingham Panthers), Robert Lachowicz (Nottingham Panthers), Evan Mosey (Rockford Ice Hogs, USA), Matthew Myers (Cardiff Devils), Craig Peacock (Braehead Clan), Jonathan Phillips (Sheffield Steelers), Colin Shields (Belfast Giants), Liam Stewart (Coventry Blaze)

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